Excerpt is defined as to select quotations.(verb)
An example of excerpt is to choose a passage to cite in a research paper.
The definition of an excerpt is a quote from a book or film.(noun)
An example of excerpt is a passage from a novel.
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Origin: < L excerptus, pp. of excerpere, to pick out, choose < ex-, out + carpere, to pick, pluck < IE *kerp- < base *(s)ker-, to cut, scrape > harvest
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Origin: From Middle English, excerpted
Origin: , from Latin excerptus
Origin: , past participle of excerpere, to pick out
Origin: : ex-, ex-
Origin: + carpere, to pluck; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.
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